YOBS nearly ruined bank holiday fun for children in a Huddersfield park.

The vandals mindlessly pulled up a third of the track at the miniature railway in Greenhead Park last Friday.

But they didn’t succeed in spoiling the whole weekend.

On Sunday the train was up and running again after volunteers worked tirelessly through Saturday to re-lay the tracks.

Pensioner Malcolm Hollyhead and the rest of the Miniature Train in the Park team were determined not to let the vandals win.

So scores of youngsters and their parents were able to take a ride on the locomotive on sunny Sunday afternoon thanks to the team’s hard work.

Mr Hollyhead, of Dalton, said: “We’re only running it slowly on one stretch of the track.

“It’s taking a lot longer, so people were having to have to wait a lot longer.

“But we didn’t want to risk a derailment on the parts of the track we knew weren’t perfect.”

The 80-year-old told the Examiner the track had been targeted twice in just one week.

He said: “We had young kiddies and their parents looking over the fence upset that the train wasn’t running.

“About a third of the track had been lifted.

“Whoever is doing this – stop it for goodness sake.

“It’s hitting our pockets and it’s also hurting the kiddies.

“We also have to do all the digging and labour and it’s a struggle for us – I’m 80 years old.”

Mr Hollyhead said the railway would usually attract some 300 to 400 children and parents over the weekend.

He said they had an inkling who was responsible for the damage.

“The other day there was a group of about eight men playing football and they seemed to be aiming the ball in our direction to try to stop us from doing some maintenance work – we think it could be these people.

“Whoever it was must have had a crow-bar to pull up the first bit of the track.

“I’m so exasperated – last week it was my birthday and I spent four hours digging and shovelling.”

Mr Hollyhead’s son Graeme, 54, came down to the park to help the pensioner and the rest of the team with the digging.

The popular children’s railway returned to Greenhead Park in March.

The team who make it happen are members of Huddersfield Society of Model Engineers.

They worked hard over winter to maintain and improve the train track, taking up 13 sections of the track and laying new sleepers so the railway was ready for the spring.

Mr Hollyhead added: “Because it’s bank holiday a lot of us are away and there were only about four of us here to fix the track.”

The figure-of-eight ride has scale models of Jubilee Tower on Castle Hill and Longwood Tower.

It cost £112,000 altogether to fully install the railway.

Usually the train runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.

Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers, the train will also be running from 2pm to 4pm today.